One of the pleasures of writing is the odd places that research takes you. As witness the video clip below.
Back in my college days, I had a friend who ran a summers-only puppet troupe called Moxie Marionettes. The name came from his conviction that anybody could be a puppeteer -- that all it took was moxie.
Well, my friend had moxie a-plenty, but that's another story. More relevant is the fact that while, yes, close to anybody with moxie can, with some research, practice, and hard work put on a puppet show, there is a huge gulf between mere puppetry and great puppetry.
The clip below being a good example of the latter.
Enjoy! You can find Part 2 here.